Summer Reading

Books…they’re my lifeline when things get hectic. They calm me. Inspire me. They always stretch my mind. In recent days, several friends have asked for recommendations. So I thought I’d share what’s on my reading list this summer. Luckiest Girl Alive…Finished it. Definite page turner that I didn’t want to end because I really wanted to know where the characters were now. Easy and entertaining summer read. In the Unlikely Event…I adore Judy Blume. Reading this book was like visiting with an old friend from my childhood. The familiar cadence of Blume’s prose made me smile and reminded me of … Read more…

Taylor Swift…

My girls decided to forgo a birthday party with all of their friends for tickets to the Taylor Swift concert in D.C. Their birthdays were in February and March and the concert was this week. They had a long wait to get their gift. It was an exercise in patience and deciding what we really want. They wanted to see Taylor more than anything so we made it happen. The day we’d been waiting for finally arrived this Tuesday! We hopped in Gill’s car and were off on our mini road trip. The girls sang along to 1989 and tried … Read more…

I was a good mom

Let’s face it, these days, these summer months, are not filled with time for quiet contemplation or the solitude necessary to write. The hours are filled with noise ranging from laughter to tears to squabbles to blood-curdling cries of sibling deceptions. Oh yes, I am the mom who wished for these days and eagerly checked the boxes off counting the moments until we got here. And I’m still the mom enjoying our light schedule, not packing lunches, and skipping showers for days(the pool and hose rinse all the summer dirt off, right?). Anyway, one of my points is that when … Read more…

Find the love, find the hope

Someone scribbled “Womens’ Rights” on a bench at the river. When we passed it this morning, my girls were filled with questions. Why do we still need special rights, Mommy? Aren’t we equal? Can’t we do everything boys can do? And I reassured them that they, we, are equal. Equal to their brothers and the other boys in the world. But the news of the day was still infiltrating my thoughts and my eyes filled with tears and I wanted to say something more like this… Oh, darlings…there are people in this world, in our great free country, that don’t … Read more…

Skin Cancer is not a joke

Last August, I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my forehead. My doctor used what looked like a melon baller to cut the bad cells out of my head and sewed me up with twenty-five stitches. Now, I’m a skin check convert. I’ve been to the dermatologist three times since to check out suspicious spots and I’ll continue to do so. See, I spent way too many years in the sun. Growing up on Long Island, much of my life revolved around the beach and sometimes I was even a baby oil and tinfoil kind of teenager. I didn’t … Read more…

Dear Dad

Dear Dad, My “smart”phone and Facebook keep reminding me that it’s your birthday. My soul and my heart already knew. One of your closest friends sent me an email this morning from the other side of the world remembering and missing you on this day, the day that will forever be yours. You made birthdays a true celebration for those around you. You remembered everyone’s special day and they looked forward to their yearly call from you even if they hadn’t seen you in years. You wouldn’t have simply written a greeting on their Facebook wall…you’d go in for the … Read more…

What does Mother’s Day look like?

The question floating around the bus stop and work this morning was, “How was your Mother’s Day?” For me, I got the double whammy with, “How was your birthday?” I noticed as we asked each other there was a pause, like we weren’t quite sure what to say. Our minds rushing back to the day filled with all of events and trying to remember if the scale tipped in favor of a good and relaxing day or something else. Maybe somewhere in the world there are moms who slip away from reality on Mother’s Day and are pampered with spa … Read more…

And time keeps moving

I’ve always been acutely aware of when things bloom. Maybe it’s because I was born when the dogwoods bloomed on Long Island. Or maybe it’s because I shared an affinity for flowers with my dad. Whatever the reason, something stirs in my heart and soul when I see the first buds. And now when I see the flowers appear, it seems I’m also hyper aware of the passage of time and I can’t help but think about where I was in previous years when my roses began to shine. This year looks different than last in many ways apparent to … Read more…

When messed up plans turn magical

Friday was my day. My free day. My writing day. My day to get everything done that I couldn’t do during my work week. But as with most things that I plan, it didn’t happen. Alex woke up with what I quickly diagnosed as a sinus infection and a morning at the doctor’s office and an afternoon chasing down prescriptions prevailed. At this moment, this May-and-June-are-the-new-December time, I feel like I need to make every moment count. It’s the season of Communions, Confirmations, Art Shows, Field Days, recitals and picnics. My time, our time, is full. And on Friday, instead … Read more…

A few things I’m craving and adoring…and maybe a few Mother’s Day ideas

A little list of some things I’m adoring at the moment…and maybe a few Mother’s Day ideas for someone special in your life. I adore these bracelets! I’m usually not a person who follows a big trend or I ditch the item once everyone has it but that’s not the case with these. I wear mine every day and love the energy they bring me. They come with little cards explaining what each one signifies and the messages are simply perfect. I am craving the feather bracelet. I’m only about a quarter of the way through this book but I’m … Read more…